Month: June 2016

There is PRIDE 12 months a year

Today July 30th marks the last day of Pride Month, a month in celebration of the LGBTQIA community. Or more precisely, a month for celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual people.

“I am a human being just as deserving of love and happiness as the next person. I tell myself this every day.”

– Dirty London by Kelley York

June has been a month filled with both sadness and happiness, one where we have seen that there is still a lot of hate and ignorance towards the LGBTQIA community but also a lot of love. We have seen people come together to fight against that hate, to fight hate with love. As we exit this month, I think we should all remember that though there are people out there who wish great evil upon the LGBT community, there are thousands more that are filled with love, acceptance and hope. Love is love is love, and love always wins in the end.

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This month has been a great month when it comes to books in correlation to the LGBT+ community. We have had Julia Ember (author of Unicorn Tracks) and her #ReadProud challenge which I think has been an absolute success. You can tell that people have really read more LGBTQIA books with this tag, have promoted more of these books and put them in the spotlight they very much deserve.

However, this brings me to another important topic that I think we should all remember. June, the official Pride Month, is a month once a year where we celebrate LGBTQIA, however, we need to remember that every single month is Pride Month for this community. The ups and downs, the good and the bad, they’re something people in this community face every day and therefore the support for this community and the books connected to this community should be there in the spotlight more than just once a year. The support we have seen this month, we should see it every month. We have to support LGBTQIA authors and LGBTQIA books all the time. Therefore I want to recommend you as many LGBTQIA books as I can, both books that are already published and books that are yet to come. We should also remember that when we support authors, we should put extra focus on books that are #ownvoices, and also have intersectional diversity, because these are the books that needs the attention the most. These are the books readers need.

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Here is a list of books from all colors of the rainbow. Get these on your radar, read them, support them and give them the love they deserve. The books deserve it, the authors deserve it, but most importantly the readers deserve it. Make sure that people can find these books and get the chance to see themselves in them.

L as in Lesbian

G as in Gay

B as in Bisexual

T as in Trans

I as in Intersex

A as in Asexual

This list is in no way complete or show every LGBTQIA book out there (there are so many more, both old and new, that are yet to be discovered by me and by you which is quite exciting if you think about it). Also note that though I have divided this list after the letters in LGBTQIA they often overlap, which is an amazing thing.

(P.S. Q as in Queer has not been forgotten but since it’s an umbrella term and I don’t have any books specifically going under that letter I have chosen not to include it).

Do you have any more books you think should be added to this list? Feel free to let me and I’ll definitely do so.

By the way, last week I made a tumblr post with the theme of girls loving girls (which sort of inspired this blog post) and I thought I’d link it to you guys. The books in the post are the same as here but I also have a playlist that I think some of you might think is nice, you can find it here.

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Review of In His Corner by Vina Arno

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In His Corner by Vina Arno

Publication Date: April 14, 2015.

Publisher: Lyrical Press.

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, and Sports.

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Selling points: Hot younger boxer, older female doctor, steamy scenes and lovely ending!

Purchase here: Amazon

Synopsis: WORK OUT

No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild work-out…

KNOCK OUT

Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

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Thank you, Cindy Fazzi (Vina Arno), for my review copy of In His Corner. I received this review copy in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion.

In His Corner is a very hot and steamy story about Tommy – Juggernaut – Raines and Doctor Siena Carr. Juggernaut comes into the ER on the same day Dr. Siena Carr has her shift. She ends up having to stitch up one of his eyebrows and there leads to more than they both could expect. When they meet there is an instant attraction, a spark between them that none of them can ignore. Even if the Juggernaut, a professional boxer, has made a vow to abstain from sex he asks the beautiful Siena out on a date.

“Four years of medical school and two years of residency had equipped her with skills to save lives, but not her own heart. Nothing could have prepared her for the Juggernaut.”

The relationship, between Tommy (Juggernaut) and Siena, is what most would call a rollercoaster, it’s hot, cold and everything in-between. Tommy is rough around the edges and has never worn a suit in his life whereas Siena has always dated well-dressed and rich men who fit her idea of a perfect man. However, as Siena and Tommy get to know each other more they find that there is real love between them despite their differences. Siena never thought she would fall in love with an alpha male – because that is exactly what the Juggernaut is – but she does and the connection truly is mutual. However, with differences as distinguished as those between Siena and Tommy also comes the need to want to change one another, and that is where everything goes wrong.

“Only a few weeks ago, he had said she was trying to tame him. But it was mutual taming. They were transforming each other. What was love but a continuous tide of change? What mattered was that it made them closer and stronger.”

In His Corner is a story where two people who never thought they could be together due to their differences realize that sometimes your differences are what makes you so great. You can learn, evolve and love together like you can’t otherwise. It’s about realizing that you can’t change someone to fit your own picture of perfect but instead make sure you both learn from each other and live and learn boldly. Love isn’t easy, but with the right person it can be a great adventure of self-exploration and growth, that’s In His Corner with a little hot and steamy action on the side. For more information about Cindy Fazzi and her books, go to her website here.

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Moody Book Monday with Amy and Olivia #2 Sidekick Edition

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It’s universally agreed that Monday is the worst day of the week. We’d all rather just skip Monday and start the week on Tuesday. That’s why Book Babbles and Blues and Olivia Chanel clasped their hands together and created Moody Book Monday. Even though Mondays suck, books don’t and we can still make Monday a little better by blogging about our favorite bookish stuff. We will talk about our favorite recommendations, make lists and ramble away about things going on in the book world. However, there’s more: Moody Book Monday is also all about guest posts! So I, Amy, will be uploading my post on Olivia’s blog and vice versa and you can participate too. Hit up a collab-exchange with your favorite blog, or if you want to join our little exchange, leave a comment or hit us up with an email. Let’s all try to make Monday a little better, yeah?


Hello Olivia’s readers!

It is I, Amy, and I have something fun I want to talk about today. We all love books mostly because of their main characters. I mean, it’s their story and in order to fully enjoy the book, we have to love our mc’s. Those are the ones that are easily remembered and loved. But what about the sidekicks? The best friends, the partners in crime, the computer geeks? Most sidekicks are totally underrated and that is a very sad thing, because a lot of them are really freaking awesome and loveable. So today I want to show some appreciation to some of my favorite sidekicks I’ve met throughout my journey of reading books.

1. Roar (Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi) Roar is by far my all time favorite sidekick. He’s Perry’s best friend and the two of them are super tight, having grown up together and everything. He’s a prankster and quick to smile, but he’s also super loyal, caring and protective. And on top of that: he’s sassy as f*ck. And I love me some sassy characters.

“All I have ever wanted is to be there for the two people that mean everything to me. Maybe that’s a small goal for others, but it’s always felt enough.”

2. Zuzana Nováková (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor) Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books where I happen to love the sidekick more than the main character. Don’t get me wrong, I love Karou, but Zuzana is just so awesome and relatable. She’s like a tiny puppet, but also super fierce, bad ass and brave. And she’s very down to earth and real, which I love about her. Also the fact that she and Mik make the most adorable ship I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I’m serious, no one is as cute as Zuzana and Mik.

“You are not just going to vanish like this, Karou. This isn’t some goddamn Narnia book.”

3. Eddie Castile (Vampire Academy & Bloodlines by Richelle Mead) Even though we met Eddie in Vampire Academy, I only started really loving him in Bloodlines. Someone get me my own Eddie! Even though he’s a bad ass, fighting and ready-to-kill dhampir he’s also such a cutie and has a heart of gold.

“My job is to protect her. To keep her safe. That’s where all my attention needs to be.”

4. Noah Miguel Estaban (Embassy Row series by Ally Carter) Noah is exactly the kind of guy I want to be my best friend. Makes sense, because he’s Grace’s best friend too in the books. He’s super funny, outgoing and loyal and both a cuddly teddy bear and a hottie. He’s half Brazilian, half Isralite.. aka tan skin, dark eyes and hair. GIMME. I also just love the fact he straight up told Grace that he was going to be her best friend, end of discussion.

“Mom’s Israeli. Dad’s Brazilian. What can I say? I am Embassy Row personified. You really lucked out in the best friend department.”

5. Wes (Talon Series by Julie Kagawa) I don’t think Wes is on a lot of lists for favorite sidekicks, but I love this guy. He’s slightly older than the other sidekicks on my list, I’m not sure how old exactly but I picture him mid-twenties or something. But he’s just so sarcastic, and I live for sarcastic people. Wes is the computergeeky human of this book series and has been working with Riley for a while now. He’s very loyal and smart, and I just love that he’s there for his buddy. But mostly I just love his sarcasm and the fact he sounds like a grumpy old man, because same.

“Silly me, here I was thinking we needed big neon signs that said Here We Are, Shoot Us Please on top of the roof.”

You can check Liv’s post here and see which sidekicks she chose.


About The Blogger

Amy is a 20-year-old booknerd who spends her free time reading, writing and crocheting. She likes love stories, strong female characters and swoon worthy fictional boys. You can wake her up in the middle of the night for either chocolate or a vacation. Check out her blog here.